Transformers, FF2 and Spidey 3 at the Intl Box Office

Variety has posted an update on the international box office, which was dominated this weekend by Shrek the Third. Here are the results for Transformers, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (which added $9 million domestically for a total of $114.8 million) and Spider-Man 3:

But there was plenty of international green for tentpoles as “Transformers” debuted ahead of its U.S. launch with a stellar $34.7 million at 2,261 in 10 territories and “Live Free or Die Hard” shot down a solid $30.7 million at 3,583 in day and date openings in 35 markets…

Paramount also saw stalwart numbers from “Transformers,” which logged the top per-location average with $15,351, as the disrib opted for playing into local holidays plus distancing itself from Warner’s mid-July launch of “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.” South Korea sparked to “Transformers” in the fourth biggest launch ever with $12.4 million at 549 while the Michael Bay pic posted the best 4-day launch ever in Singapore with $1.7 million.

“Transformers” led in all 10 of its markets, including Australia with $6.7 million, Italy with $3.6 million, Taiwan with $3 million and the Philippines with $2.1 million; in eight of those, it topped “War of the Worlds,” which rang up a stellar $357 million overseas in 2005. “Transformers” moves into a dozen more markets next weekend, including Russia, Spain and Scandinavia.

Fox’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” also showed enough traction to remain on track to equal the international performance by its predecessor, which took in $175 million two years ago. “Surfer” landed with $15.2 million at 6,200, pushing the cume to $81.2 million, as Mexico kicked in $3.3 million in its second frame and Brazil launched with a beefy $2.9 million; it opens in August in France, Korea and Spain.

Sony’s “Spider-Man 3,” which fulfilled forecasts as it jump-started summer biz overseas, ensnared $1 million to become the 10th largest international film with $548.9 million and the 11th biggest globally with $883 million.

Source: Variety